Hello potential students!
My name is Reid and I recently received my PhD in experimental psychopathology from Tufts University. My research background is in the neurobiology of mood and anxiety disorders, but my graduate career has given me the opportunity to hone my understanding of statistics, biostats and SPSS.
I love tutoring students, especially when they're working on an interesting project.
Experience overview: For seven semesters, I've been a teaching assistant for a class called Research Methods in Clinical Psychology, which is an advanced undergraduate methods course. I've spent a lot of time with students who are struggling with statistics or research methods and I've developed a great way to help them to understand their subject.
Process: I start by figuring out where my student is confused and then I lay out a map based on where the student is and where they want to be. Afterward, I do my best to break down the concepts or methods, using pictures and diagrams to explain what the student is missing. Sometimes it's a PowerPoint and sometimes it's a hand-drawn presentation with paper and markers.
Once a student understands a concept, I ask them to explain it back to me. Previous research has shown that rehearsal of learned information can enhance encoding and increase the chance that the student retains that information. My students may notice that I take advantage of little psychology tricks.
But overall I like to keep things simple, but with diagrams.
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